I don't apply it on the lathe either. I suppose you could but you would then have to wait to start any other project. I use however many coats I need to make that piece look like I want. It could be 2 or 3 or it could be 10 or 15. Depends on the wood as well as how glossy or thick you really want the finish.
like the other guys said .....low speed with a rag, maybe have a brush handy to get into tight spots/grooves..........i use a latex brush when i poly then clean it out after im finished.....same with all my oil paint
I wipe it on off the lathe. Sometimes I'll put the first coat on while on the lathe but since I coat all surfaces including the bottoms then it pretty much has to be off the lathe.
How many coats. depends. I use as many as necessary to get the job done. If you sand to 600 grit you can get it awfully glossy in 3 to 5 coats. I touch it up lightly with 4/0 steel wool between coats.
If you have a bad area that soaks up the finish it can take a lot of coats.
I don't use this finish all the time and it starts to thicken in the can. I extend the usable life a little by thinning it with mineral spirits. Usually I'll just toss the can after I do this once or twice and buy a new one.
Bought a can of Miniwax oil based wipe on poly not sure how much threw away after going bad in the can. Prefer to stir and not shake finish. Used both paper towel and t-shirt to apply did not see a difference. Just not impressed with final finish. See Miniwax now has a water based wipe on poly too.
JMHO, can thin either oil or water base poly yourself and get same results. Know manufactures always tell you not to thin, but I do it anyway.
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